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Last night I purchased Mahi-Mahi at my local fish market and created a deliciously ‘blackened’ dish… yes, the smoke alarm surely went off and my tiny Manhattan apartment was surely smokin’, hehe, but it was worth it… succulent and spicy… just the way I like it.

I opted to create my ‘blackened’ rub by reaching for my magnetic spice rack and tossed together the delectable Marx Foods ghost chilis and spices… take a looksy at these unique and incredibly tasty spices to create your very own blackened dish.

‘Blackened’ Mahi-Mahi with Cherry Spelt Asparagus
Serves: 2

This uniquely spiced fish pairs perfectly with naturally sweet asparagus. It's gluten and dairy-free.

Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree


Spice Rub

  • 2 ghost chilis
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground thyme
  • 1 tsp. ground oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. truffle salt
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
  2. Cook spelt flakes according to package.
  3. Trim ends of asparagus and steam over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until tender yet still crisp and bright green.
  4. Meanwhile, grind ghost chilis in a coffee grinder until they form a fine consistency.

  5. In a medium sized bowl, combine all spice rub ingredients; mix well.

  6. Coat mahi mahi fillets with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and rub spice mixture onto each fillet.
  7. Drizzle 1 Tbsp. olive oil onto the sizzling hot skillet and place the mahi mahi fillets 2 inches apart on the skillet.
  8. Cook both sides until fish is fully cooked to desired consistency.*

  9. Transfer to serving dishes. Serve hot alongside asparagus and spelt; sprinkle with dried cherries. Enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
‘Blackened’ Mahi-Mahi with Cherry Spelt Asparagus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 707 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 124mg41%
Sodium 889mg39%
Potassium 1755mg50%
Carbohydrates 91g30%
Fiber 19g79%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 52g104%
Vitamin A 4336IU87%
Vitamin C 79mg96%
Calcium 215mg22%
Iron 16mg89%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Blackened, is my favorite way to eat fish. I just love it, especially when it has a little kick to it:)

    I always thought it would be difficult to do my own blackened fish at home. I just might have to try this out some time this week!

  2. YUM this mahi mahi sounds amazing! I’ve just started cooking “real” fish at home again (i.e. not frozen or shrimp).

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